Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices. But Americans know something about this president and his disdain for oil. The “fuel of the past,” he contemptuously calls it. To the American worker who doesn’t commute by government motorcade and is getting fleeced every week at the pump, oil seems very much a fuel of the present – and the foreseeable future.
President Obama incessantly claims energy open-mindedness, insisting that his policy is “all of the above.” Except, of course, for drilling:
Off the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Off the Florida Gulf Coast.
In the broader Gulf of Mexico.
In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
On federal lands in the Rockies (where leases are down 70 percent since 2009).